Capture the Moment: Get More out of Your Stories through Photography

One of the perks of science writing is getting to visit places few others ever go, from the cold reaches of Antarctica to the bowels of a particle accelerator. Writers on assignment for a large newspaper or magazine might be lucky enough to make these reporting trips in the company of a professional photographer (in which case, see TON’s story on collaborating). More often than not, however, we go alone—especially as freelancers. And if we want anyone else to lay eyes on the wonders we have seen, we have to bring back photos.

For some writers, iPhones are more than sufficient for visual note-taking, and—in a pinch—providing art for a story (see here for TON’s story on smart-phone videography). But if you’re a writer with an inclination toward photography, exploring it more seriously can offer a slew of benefits, like selling stories that wouldn’t fly without high-quality pictures and making more money off of reporting trips. But first, you have to get the gear and learn how to use it.

Read the full story at The Open Notebook.
I got into photography while on an expedition to the Arctic. (Credit: Julia Rosen)